Casey Stoner won his first MotoGP Championship in 2007 with the factory Ducati team. The Australian rider showcased blistering pace aboard the Italian machinery. In 2010, Stoner decided to explore the paddock and moved to Repsol Honda MotoGP team.
Now there is a high possibility of Casey Stoner returning to the Ducati factory team. No, the Australian will not be competing in the MotoGP 2016 Championship. Instead, he could take up the role of a test/ development rider for the Ducati MotoGP project.
At this moment, Casey Stoner belongs to the Honda Racing Corporation till the end of 2015. Currently, he plays the role of a test rider for Honda and was constantly testing the 2016 MotoGP machine, which was ridden by Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez post-Valencia GP.
Michele Pirro is the current test rider for Ducati's MotoGP project. He has taken part in several races as a wild card entrant and has performed well. Casey Stoner too could take part in races as a wildcard entrant if he takes up the role with Ducati.
So far, neither Casey Stoner nor Ducati has confirmed the reunion. Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati Corse Sporting Director, expressed that Stoner has a special place among the Italian brand. He also confirmed that if there is a possibility they could reunite Stoner and his Ducati.
Casey Stoner as a test rider for Ducati will surely benefit Andrea Iannone, and Andrea Dovizioso, who are currently the main riders for Ducati. Stoner has tons of experience and has proved himself with the Honda developing the motorcycle in the right direction. Ducati will surely benefit if they could convince him to take on the role.